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I grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I started playing flute when I was 8 and bass when I was 13. In 2002, I moved to New York City to attend The Juilliard School, where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Double Bass performance. I came to Pittsburgh to attend Carnegie Mellon University, where I got a Master's of Music degree and a post-graduate Performance Residency Certificate. Since finishing at Carnegie Mellon in 2011, I have been freelancing in Western PA, Ohio, and West Virginia.
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I want to provide a fun, relaxed environment in which you feel appropriately challenged and comfortable to make mistakes. I don't have a pre-set course of music and exercises that I give to every student. Rather, I prefer to have a variety of music and ...
Basics of open scales and arpeggio fingerings and movable patterns for bluegrass, country, blues or beginning jazz..
I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. Other teachers at my studio teach guitar, bass, piano, clarinet, saxophone and flute. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. Our teachers are experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
I believe in providing a fun atmosphere in which the student works on what they want. I will also provide the fundamental technique and practice tips to maximize progress. Lessons will cover technique exercises, etudes, orchestral and solo repertoire. I specialize in classical music, but can also teach the basics of jazz, and rockabilly bass slap.
Over the course of only five years, Mitch Goodwin has made remarkable achievements in the orchestral world. He has served as Associate Principal for the Hollywood Bowl, and was a section member in the Winston-Salem and Greensboro Symphonies. He has Studied under Paul Sharpe and Micah Howard, earning a full scholarship at Carnegie Mellon University.
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